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In the summer of 2021, Shay faced a life-changing crossroads. “Basically,” he remembers, “I was going to die, or I was going to get help.” No stranger to grief, he’d used drugs and alcohol to numb the pain of one heart-wrenching loss after another. As a...

This is a story of three Christmases . . . and the gift of a family restored. Prior to Christmas of 2020, Brooke went through a season of turmoil. Earlier that year, she faced a severe domestic violence incident, and because two of her three children...

Shannon had no idea what was in store for him earlier this year when he headed for Des Moines. “I just jumped on a bus. I never in a million years would’ve known what was going to happen.” What happened? Simply put: Shannon found hope, healing...

September 13, 2020—it’s a day burned into Kole’s memory. “I was slumped on a chair in a trap house and I just knew it was now or never,” he remembers. “I had no strength left, but God broke through my haze.” Kole had been drinking and using...

It was an image in Allison’s head that brought her to her breaking point: her two sons, Isaac and Noah, carrying their backpacks and holding their pillows. “We’d lived in several different places in two years,” she remembers. “I just couldn’t do it again.” Allison’s struggle with homelessness...

Some people talk about homelessness as hitting rock bottom. “But to me,” Joe says, “it’s more like being on an island. I’d burned every bridge and was all alone.” Joe has been homeless several times throughout his adult years. When he didn’t have anywhere else to...

Christmas used to be Tiffany’s favorite time of year. But the years have slowly chipped away at her love for the holiday. It began when she was repeatedly sexually assaulted by someone in her life when she was a child. It continued when she left home...

Jeff is convinced if he hadn’t come to Hope Ministries earlier this year, he wouldn’t be alive today. Drug and alcohol abuse had taken their toll, an addiction that began when he tried marijuana for the first time at only eight years old. At age...

Several years ago, Mark and DeDe Shour went on a missions trip that started with a time of training in California and continued with two months spent in Samoa. They were forever changed by the hurting people they met, the great need they encountered, and...

Vikki is no stranger to fear. She’s experienced seasons of homelessness that saw her sleeping in other people’s homes, on the streets, in her car, even dope houses. Pain and abuse in her childhood led to experimenting with drugs in her young adult years. She’s...